Murrey, Bateman Up for Senior CLASS Award

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Two Pac-12 volleyball players are among 30 named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate list, which was announced today. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

CALIFORNIA's Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif.) and USC's Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) are the two players named to 30-player list. Murrey, a sociology major, was a first team AVCA All-American last year after leading the Golden Bears to the NCAA Championship title match and the program's first-ever co-Pac-10 regular season crown.

Bateman, a business major, was a second team AVCA All-American last season after helping the Trojans advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament where they lost to the Bears. USC is ranked No. 2 in this year's preseason poll, while Cal is rated No. 3.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

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